...a companion blog to "Math-Frolic," specifically for interviews, book reviews, weekly-linkfests, and longer posts or commentary than usually found at the Math-Frolic site.

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"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show." ---Bertrand Russell (1907) Rob Gluck

"I have come to believe, though very reluctantly, that it [mathematics] consists of tautologies. I fear that, to a mind of sufficient intellectual power, the whole of mathematics would appear trivial, as trivial as the statement that a four-legged animal is an animal." ---Bertrand Russell (1957)

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Potpourri


Some links from the week (potpourri links and blog posts may decrease somewhat as I'm busy with other Web stuff through end-of-year):

1)  Mike Lawler offered up a bunch of fun math examples from the week in this post:
http://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/fun-math-that-i-saw-this-week/

2)  The mathematics of falling objects results in tragedy:
http://wavefunction.fieldofscience.com/2014/11/the-simple-physics-behind-horrible.html

3)  Of "points and lines" via Richard Elwes:
http://richardelwes.co.uk/2014/11/04/points-and-lines/

4)  Princeton University Press announced the selections for its "Best Writing on Mathematics 2014" edition:
http://tinyurl.com/mpmpazx

5)  Keith Devlin's latest:
http://devlinsangle.blogspot.com/2014/11/against-answer-getting.html

6)
  A fork in the road... classic-type logic puzzle from Futility Closet:
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/11/06/asking-directions-3/

7)  "a nice short documentary by student filmmaker Damiano Petrucci about mathematics and mathematicians" from The Aperiodical blog:
http://aperiodical.com/2014/11/logically-policed/



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